A Union Of Two Worlds: Japanese Heritage Meets The American Metropolis
Being a multigenerational maker effervesces in Aviva Stanoff’s DNA. Her dynamic creative spirit brings her a resolute dedication to being a conduit from the past to the future, a commitment that is as natural as breathing for this artisan. “I don’t see what I do as a job; I see it as a vital act of representing all the creatives who came before me,” she remarks. “Honoring that spirit, I would like to be certain that the legacy doesn’t stop with me.”
Having been raised in a multicultural environment as a child of Japanese and Russian immigrants, she sees it as her duty to honor all of the forces that have helped shape who she is. And she is determined to use her power for good, a resolve forged during childhood summers studying traditional arts in her family’s Buddhist temple in Japan and renewed each time she hiked the old-growth redwood forests near her California home growing up or walks on her local beach now.
Her entrée into the world of the textile arts was centered around the runway, and internships at Calvin Klein Home while earning her MFA brought her the first successes of her career in home décor products. By graduation, Aviva’s designs for Calvin Klein were on store shelves, earning her a mention in Vogue. These early triumphs turned to commissions from Christian Dior, Givenchy Couture and Donna Karan, among others.
In 2004, Aviva launched her own line of home accessories in Brooklyn, New York, which included products that garnered her a “Best Bet” mention from The New York Times. Her textiles, which are Made in the USA, are now featured in luxurious hospitality properties— Nobu, The Cosmopolitan, the Ritz Carlton, The Plaza and the Four Seasons among them.
Aviva’s Forest Chandelier for Currey & Company won the 2017 ARTS Award for Lighting Fixtures, and she won the 2019 ARTS Award in the Home Textiles category. In spite of the prodigious number of designs she is continually working on, for this artisan/designer, the word product is not a static label; it represents a deeper connection to the havens in which people dwell. “The purpose of home décor is to have connectivity with other people,” she explains. “Home is for gathering, entertaining and wellness, and it is with this in mind that I maintain a focus on Deliberate Luxury.” The long list of companies who have clamored to offer the items she creates to their clientele is distinguished. Their accolades include numerous Textile Vendor of the Year awards from ABC Carpet & Home and being tapped for the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum’s Decorative Arts Collection.
“To me freedom of speech equals freedom of art,” she says. “This gives me a fire in my belly to be heard. I feel blessed to be a member of such a strong tribe made up of talented women everywhere, and makers from so many nations.” Most recently, Aviva has been tapped as the brand ambassador for the non-profit organization Snow Leopard Trust, the largest and oldest agency working solely to protect the endangered snow leopard and its habitat in twelve countries of Central Asia.
Honors and Awards:
2019 Aviva becomes Brand Ambassador for the Snow Leopard Trust
2019 Arts Award Home Textiles
2019 HFN’s Top Inspiring Women in Home
2018 Wall Art Collection launches included in top 5 bestsellers in debut
2018 Spoke in panel “Designing Women of the World” HPMKT
2018 Arts Award Finalist Textile Category
2018 HFN’s inaugural Inspiring Women in Home nomination
2018 Arts Award in Manufacturer Home Textiles nomination
2018 Paints live for Hyundai Motor Corporation
2018 Solo Art Show and Live Paint Activation United Nations
2018 Live Paints for High Point Market Authority
2018 Painting & Speaking at Fashion Institute of Technology
2018 York Wall Coverings Collection launch
2018 Tiny Prints/Shutterfly Artisan Series launch
2018 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC Home
2018 Brand Ambassador Sustainable Furnishings Council
2017 Part of Delegation to Kingdom of Morocco/Home Accents Today
2017 Magic Las Vegas live paint
2017 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC Home
2017 Global Views Home Décor Collection launch
2017 The World Residences at Sea Trunk Show
2017 Evine Live appearance on live TV
2017 Blog launches
2016 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC Home
2016 Domino Magazine feature
2016 Architectural Digest Magazine feature
2016 Pillow goes Viral 36 million views 5 days, first home décor item in history to go viral.
2016 The World Residences at Sea Trunk Show
2016 Tiffany and Co: Assists in Holiday Video, Windows on 5th Ave, Custom Collection designed for Retail Gifting Suites Globally
2016 Currey & Company Lighting Collection launch
2016 Women in Design Panelist HPMKT
2016 Holiday House Palm Springs/ Modernism Week
2016 Holiday House / New York City
2016 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Event Mrs. Bill Gates and Mrs. Warren Buffett become customers, argument ensues over bill.
2015 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC Home
2015 The World Residences at Sea Trunk Show
2015 Snoop Dogg becomes a fan
2015 Permanent showroom Interhall IHFC Highpoint
2015 Best New Product Award NYNOW Home Accessories
2015 Wall Street Journal Design and Decorating: “See Stars” Calcite Pillow
2015 Best of the Best: Textiles/ American Society of Interior Designers
2014 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC HOME
2014 INSTYLE Magazine Holiday Gift Guide
2014 Best In Show: Textiles/ IFDA ( International Furnishings and Design Association
2013 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC HOME
2013 INSTYLE Magazine Holiday Gift Guide
2013 Best In Show: Textiles/IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association)
2012 Textile Vendor of the Year ABC HOME
2011 Best of the Best: Most Innovative Product Award/American Society of Interior Designers
2011 Brooklyn Museum Permanent Collection: Collection of 17 Designs/ Decorative Arts
2011 Textiles Showcased in all rooms Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel
2010 New York Magazine Best Bet April 2010
2008 Featured INSTYLE Magazine Home
2008 October Cover, Metropolitan Home
2007 Interior Design Best of the Year Awards Finalist in Accessories
2007 Featured in Modern Bride’s “100 Things We Love”
2007 Best of the Year Merit Winner Interior Design Magazine
2006 Top 100 Products of 2006 Merchandising Mag.
2006 O at Home Feature Fall 2006 Issue ( four page spread
2006 Best New Product Award for Home Accessories, NY Home Textile Show
2005 Finalist for Best New Product Award, New York Home Textiles Show October
2004 “Most Beautiful Product” People’s Choice Award, Brooklyn Designs
2004 Best Bet, New York Times, Home Section:March 11, 2004 (Inaugural Year)
2000-2004 Aviva in constant demand creating textile designs and inspiration for Apparel. Clients include Christian Dior Couture, Givenchy, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Springs Industries, Ralph Lauren, Li Edelkoort, among others.
1999 Aviva receives a mention in Vogue for textiles created during graduate school, completes MFA with special focus on Innovative Surface Design in Luxury